Mellon Newton Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Research heartily invites qualified candidates to send in applications for the 2013- 2015 (2-year) interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowships which will be starting in October and based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
The two-year programme is aimed at researchers working in any field of the arts, social sciences or humanities. The fellowships enable postdoctoral fellows to consolidate their research and publication record while developing a related project or initiative at CRASSH during their two-year fellowship. The programme is billed to run from 1 October 2013 – 30 September 2015
Worth of Awards
Appointment will be made for two years from 1 October 2013 and is non-renewable. The pensionable scale of stipends for a Mellon/Newton Post-doctoral Research Fellow is currently £27,428-£35,788.  A travel and research expenses allowance of up to £3000 per annum will be available.
Mellon/Newton Research Fellows will have a strong academic record and the potential to make a significant contribution to interdisciplinary research initiatives, new or existing, at CRASSH and the University of Cambridge. Applicants must have:

  • A good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area of the arts, social sciences, or humanities, the doctorate being awarded by the deadline (1 March 2013) and not more than five years before 1 October 2013;
  • Evidence of ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
  • Evidence of ability and/or aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research initiatives/projects;
  • A research proposal closely related to the Centre’s theme;
  • Native or near native competence in English;
  • Applicants must have been awarded a PhD by the application deadline and should normally have been awarded it not more than five years prior to taking up their fellowship.
  • As well as conducting their own research, fellows are expected to initiate or co-ordinate a project at CRASSH. Such projects might include: convening a cross-disciplinary Graduate/Faculty research group; organising workshops, colloquia, or a conference in their field; creating an interdisciplinary research network; spearheading a collaborative cross-School or inter-institutional research initiative.
  • Research proposals must relate to the Centre’s theme for the relevant year. Like most postdoctoral fellows at Cambridge, they could at their discretion take on some tutorial teaching if they wished, to a maximum of 4-6 hours per week.

Fellows will report to the Director, Professor Simon Goldhill, and in addition will be assigned an appropriate Faculty mentor or mentors to link them to the wider research and teaching context in their field(s).
How to Apply
Applications should be made via the online system  and must include the following information.  All sections of the form must be completed – see the guidance below.

  • Curriculum Vitae uploaded as PDF
  • Term:  not applicable to this competition.  Leave as default option of ANY.
  •  Project Title & Description:  Enter the details of your Research Proposal here (1500-2000 words, maximum 10,000 characters).  This is your own research and should relate to the Centre’s theme, The Location of Knowledge.
  • A Writing Sample, chapter or article of up to 10,000 words, uploaded as PDF.
  • In the first Additional Material section of the form, upload a CRASSH project proposal, (about a page outlining your ideas for CRASSH-related project, as distinct from your own research proposal) up to 500 words, uploaded as PDF.
  • Form CHRIS 6, (Parts 1 & 3 only) uploaded as PDF in the second Additional Material section of the form.
  • Enter the names and contact details of two referees who must submit their letters of support via the online system by the closing date. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that letters of reference are received by the deadline.

Applicants wishing to discuss with or inform the University of any special arrangements connected with their disability can, at any point in the recruitment process, contact the Administrator, who is responsible for recruitment to this position, on Telephone: 01223 760490, or by post to
Alison Richard Building,
7 West Road,
Cambridge CB3 9DT .
Deadline: closing date for applications is 12.00pm GMT midday Friday 1 March  2013. Interviews will be held at the end of April .
For more information, and to apply, click here